The Campus School of Carlow University

  Upper School Years Grades 6, 7, & 8

Language Arts | Math | Science | Social Studies | Art | Computer | French | Library | Music | Physical Education | Religion

The Campus School - Language Arts Language Arts: The upper school language arts curriculum is a literature-based program that includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students develop an appreciation for a wide range of literature from various historical periods and authors by reading from both an anthology and an array of trade books. Process writing is continued with a focus on analytical writing, and much of the students' writing is a response to and an expansion of the literature read. To expand their own personal philosophies, upper school students are encouraged to appreciate moral and social values found in literature.
The Campus School - Math Math: The upper school curriculum is based on spiral levels of understanding from simple explorations to advanced understanding of concepts and skills. Student focus is on developing an understanding of pre-algebra concepts in sixth grade, while cementing math skills previously learned in the primary and intermediate years. For seventh and eighth grade students, major topics include: scientific notation; customary measurement; metric measurement; integers (positive and negative numbers); applications of fractions, decimals, and percents; inequalities; proportional thinking; problem solving strategies; uses of variables; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in algebra; and linear sentences. Further, eighth grade students pursue topics in algebra including properties of slopes and lines; applications of exponents and powers; graphing; quadratic equations and square roots; polynomials; linear systems; factoring; functions; and tools of geometry.
The Campus School - Science Science: Upper school science provides a balanced combination of content and process and inquiry skills using a fully equipped modern science laboratory setting. The curriculum aids each student in developing the thinking skills and processes necessary for problem solving, while conveying the importance and relevance science has in everyday living. Technology is integrated into the curriculum by giving students the opportunity to prepare lab reports using Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets, as well as preparing multimedia presentations using Microsoft Powerpoint. Earth science is the focus in sixth grade; life science is explored in seventh grade and physical science is emphasized in eighth grade. Throughout each level, enrichment opportunities are provided for all students to participate in regional science competition. Students in grade seven embark on a three week study of the region's waterways that culminates in an all day study of the flora, fauna, and water quality of our area's three rivers aboard the floating laboratory, The Pittsburgh Voyager.
The Campus School - Social Studies Social Studies: The goal of the social studies program is to develop an appreciation for multi-cultural issues as well as for the pluralistic nature of the United States. In the sixth grade, geographical awareness is included in the study of major world historical events from prehistoric times to the 1500's. This study serves as a background for the chronological study of American history up to the 1820's in the seventh grade. Eighth grade social studies includes the social, cultural, economic, and political developments of the United States from the 1820's to the present. Current events are emphasized daily and students are encouraged to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through group experiences such as discussion, role-playing, cooperative learning, and research. Use of technology is encouraged in the areas of research, Powerpoint presentations, and student made videos. Students are engaged in "living" history activities, as well. Field trips, such as the sixth grade visit to the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt at the Carnegie Museum and the James L. Kelso Bible Lands Museum, the seventh grade visit to the Heinz Regional History Center and the eighth grade participation in a Holocaust Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as guest speakers and visiting programs.
The Campus School - Art Art: Students continue to learn about the use of art elements, along with the importance of content, in the making of art. Art history, criticism and aesthetics continue to be introduced and reinforced through projects designed around interdisciplinary themes. A wide variety of techniques and media are experienced, including different printmaking and sculptural methods. Sophisticated clay sculptures and pottery are produced.
The Campus School - Computers Computer: Upper school students continue their mastery of computer applications and peripherals. The use of the internet and e-mail is expanded and keyboarding skills are reinforced through word processing and typing tutor programs. As use of the computer is integrated across the curriculum, students create and present curriculum centered projects.
The Campus School - French French: Student involvement and participation is encouraged through communicative and activity-oriented exercises. Students focus on high frequency concepts through the use of a textbook series, and are exposed to a variety of materials. Each lesson encourages students to use French for communication and self-expression.
The Campus School - Library Library: The library is readily available and used by the upper school for study and research, Internet access, and exploring educational CD's. In sixth grade the students continue building library and research skills during scheduled class time. In seventh and eighth grade the library is used on an as needed basis at the discretion of their subject area teacher. Students also may check our books for supplemental and recreational reading. In addition, the university library is available for research.
The Campus School - Music Music: The Upper School music curriculum is part of the Wheel rotation. Students experience a concentrated 9-week period studying rhythm, melody, harmony, and the cultural context of music. These mixed age groups of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have read about and discussed the concepts of Music of the Generations, the importance of music in media, and the influence of media on our musical choices. After sharing ideas, these students work in cooperative groups to create performances that show their understanding of the concepts. They employ choreography, guitars, recorders, percussion, and voice. Students also analyzed published CD reviews and subsequently wrote their own song reviews. All students have an opportunity to take part in the upper school musical. In 2008, the musical is Willy Wonka Junior.
The Campus School - Physical Education Physical Education: The students in grades six through eight are encouraged to master specific sports skills and use them in game situations. Good sportsmanship is stressed, and the students are challenged to participate to their fullest while accepting all ability levels. Fitness is measured yearly with a fitness test. In swimming the students continue to progress at their own level of the American Red Cross Progressive Swim Program. They are introduced to basic water rescue and participate in recreational water games.
The Campus School - Religion Religion: The focus of upper school religion is on the Church, sacraments, Trinity and service. Sixth grade students study and explore Scripture; seventh grade considers questions and experiences about the life of Christ. Eighth grade focus is on morality through the guidance of the Church. Emphasis is placed on values and service through projects, activities and everyday situations as students build self-esteem, self-control, responsibility, and a respect for the rights of others.

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